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  • The Package: A Tale of the Holocaust

  • By: Ms Ellen Elizabeth Dudley
  • Narrated by: Veleka Gray
  • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

This tragic tale concerns two Jewish women living in Hamburg in Nazi Germany before WW2, Ellen Kaempfer and Betty Holstein, and a non-Jewish woman, Elfriede Mollenhauer, who tried to help them. Ellen and Betty were to be deported by cattle train, which meant standing room only, a journey that would take days. They were to be taken from Hamburg to a work camp in Poland, a journey without food or drink, with only a bucket for a toilet.  

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Heart Wrenching and Wonderfully Performed

  • By Audio Gal on 09-07-18

Heart Wrenching and Wonderfully Performed

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-07-18

The true experiences are almost unbelievable, but so relevant - we must not forget. Author Ellen Elizabeth Dudley captures the horror of lives torn by the ravages of war, and enduring hope. Narrator Veleka Gray was superb. She truly captured characters. This is an important story that needed to be told.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Something in the Water

  • By: Catherine Steadman
  • Narrated by: Catherine Steadman
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25,106
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,296
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 23,207

Erin is a documentary filmmaker on the brink of a professional breakthrough, Mark a handsome investment banker with big plans. Passionately in love, they embark on a dream honeymoon to the tropical island of Bora Bora, where they enjoy the sun, the sand, and each other. Then, while scuba diving in the crystal blue sea, they find something in the water....

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Give this a HARD PASS

  • By 3dewdrops on 06-27-18

A superb thriller

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-28-18

Author AND narrator...AND both are her debut? This stunning piece of work is supremely well crafted. Looking forward to more.

  • Asylum

  • The Afterlife Investigations, Book 1
  • By: Ambrose Ibsen
  • Narrated by: Joe Hempel
  • Length: 6 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 527
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 491
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 489

College professor Stephen Barlow needs cash. Badly. He puts his skepticism aside and signs on to a paranormal research organization in the hopes of scoring a fat bonus. Enter Chaythe Asylum: a long-shuttered and controversial institution where patients were allegedly subjected to unethical experiments. Stephen deems the old building, closed in 1989 after a series of grisly murders, as good a place as any to explore the possibility of the supernatural, and arranges to take a tour with his students. But it turns out that the asylum is not as abandoned as it seems. There is something sinister in the building.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A ghost story

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-14-17

Creepy Start - And More to Come

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-26-18

I thoroughly enjoyed this first book in the series.
I find it annoying when writers rely on cheap tricks to scare the reader or listener, like lots of gore, disturbing or shocking content. Ambrose Ibsen, however, knows how to tell a creepy story using good storytelling.

Joe Hempel is THE PERFECT narrator for this series. He did a fantastic job of breathing life into this story.

Content: minor gore, a couple of f-bombs and a few other swears. This won’t freak you out at night. Rather it is a great story that happens to be a bit creepy

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • The Bell Jar

  • By: Sylvia Plath
  • Narrated by: Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Length: 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,136
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,829
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 3,815

The Bell Jar chronicles the crack-up of Esther Greenwood: brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful but slowly going under - maybe for the last time. Sylvia Plath masterfully draws the reader into Esther's breakdown with such intensity that Esther's insanity becomes completely real and even rational, as probable and accessible an experience as going to the movies. Such deep penetration into the dark and harrowing corners of the psyche is an extraordinary accomplishment and has made The Bell Jar a haunting American classic.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Beautifully written, brilliantly performed.

  • By Debra W. on 02-04-16

If you get through it, Bio is a must

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
3 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-12-18

This is one of the most depressing, hopeless audiobooks I've experienced. I nearly abandoned this audiobook about 3/4 way through. Though I'm glad I didn't, this was a tough one to get through. The writing is magnificent (why it has 4 "overall" stars). But I could barely stomach the story. The narrator was good, but the sardonic tone began to grate. I didn't care for the MC as her tone is hypocritical and self-righteous and disdainful. The writing is stellar and deserved a more subtle, nuanced performance. As listeners, we "get" it. As it is, the MC is 1 dimensional.

I am glad I listened to the biography. It explained much, and made me realize that one of the gifts from this author, is in making me uncomfortable and wondering if I really liked the story. Honestly, I loved and hated it all at once. And the narration was less heavy and didn't get in the way of it. I began to empathize with the MC, and the author after I listened to it.



  • The Last to See Me

  • A Novel
  • By: M Dressler
  • Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo
  • Length: 9 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 28
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

In a small logging town in northern California, young Emma Rose Finnis was born and died. Now, no one remembers her hardworking life and her grand dreams - but she remembers. She remembers everything. Emma Rose is still here, one hundred years after her death...and she doesn't plan on leaving. But when a determined hunter arrives with instructions to "clean" Emma Rose out of her haunt, the stately Lambry mansion, death suddenly isn't the worst fate imaginable.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Performance, Unique Tale

  • By Audio Gal on 02-21-18

Outstanding Performance, Unique Tale

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-21-18

I was hooked from the start. Lauren Ezzo performs this beautifully written, unique tale with captivating nuance. Ezzo is a masterful story teller, blending the art of pause, silence and characterisation that is superb. Masterfully written, M. Dressler honors the intellect of the reader and listener. This may be the best audiobook I've had the pleasure to listen to in the past several years. A real pleasure, a work of art, this is a must for every library.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Murder on the Orient Express

  • A Hercule Poirot Mystery
  • By: Agatha Christie
  • Narrated by: Dan Stevens
  • Length: 6 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 8,649
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 8,004
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 7,981

Just after midnight, the famous Orient Express is stopped in its tracks by a snowdrift. By morning, the millionaire Samuel Edward Ratchett lies dead in his compartment, stabbed a dozen times, his door locked from the inside. One of his fellow passengers must be the murderer. Isolated by the storm, detective Hercule Poirot must find the killer among a dozen of the dead man's enemies, before the murderer decides to strike again....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • My first Christie

  • By Michael Andrew Kinkead on 08-06-17

Is Dan Stevens a God Fit?

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 10-07-17

It's not always the case that a recognized actor is also a great narrator. It is with the highest recommendation that I suggest this version of the Agatha Christie classic, and it is because of Dan Stevens.
I've listened to multiple versions and often more than once. Hugh Fraser is wonderful too, along with full cast dramas, and it isalways difficult not to compare.

Initially, it took a ome getting used to a new - to - me narrator. After my first listen, I am sure Mr. Stevens will go on my list of favorites.

  • The War That Saved My Life

  • By: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
  • Narrated by: Jayne Entwistle
  • Length: 7 hrs and 38 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 1,774
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 1,627
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 1,619

Nine-year-old Ada has never left her one-room apartment. Her mother is too humiliated by Ada's twisted foot to let her outside. So when her little brother Jamie is shipped out of London to escape the war, Ada doesn't waste a minute - she sneaks out to join him. So begins a new adventure of Ada, and for Susan Smith, the woman who is forced to take the two kids in. As Ada teaches herself to ride a pony, learns to read, and watches for German spies, she begins to trust Susan.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • A Powerful Wonder

  • By Sara on 02-07-17

Moving Story, Stellar Narration

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-25-17

I am a huge fan of Jayne Entwisle. So when I began to listen to The War that Saved My Life, it was a delightful surprise to hear her voice.

the story: the journey of Ada, Jaimie and Susan is magical. it unfolds slowly, giving the listener glimpse into the mind of a child who has experienced severe trauma. I fell in love with each character as the story progressed.

the narration: as a fan of the Flavia DeLuce series, I've love Jayne Entwisle ' s ability to become each character to near perfection. I worried that I'd hear "Flavia" throughout this story. However, as a real pro, Ms. Entwisle paints a completely new landscape and characters. And it was lovely. This is the reason I live audiobooks.

well done - highly recommended!

  • The Heavens May Fall

  • By: Allen Eskens
  • Narrated by: R. C. Bray, David Colacci, Amy McFadden
  • Length: 9 hrs and 32 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,948
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,591
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 4,577

Detective Max Rupert's and attorney Boady Sanden's friendship is being pushed to the breaking point. Max is convinced that Jennavieve Pruitt was killed by her husband, Ben. Boady is equally convinced that Ben, his client, is innocent. As the case unfolds, the two are forced to confront their own personal demons.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • 2017 Audie Nominee

  • By Bob on 02-20-17

It gets better...

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-22-17

I very nearly gave up. Somewhere around chapter 25-40, I found myself going back and relistening several times over. It wasn't holding my attention.

I'm glad I did though, because the story takes off in a wholly unexpected direction. It was worth wading through the slow parts.

This is an A list of narrators. Some of the narration sounded a bit stilted but otherwise great. I'd recommend.

  • The Light Between Oceans

  • A Novel
  • By: M. L. Stedman
  • Narrated by: Noah Taylor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 7,450
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 6,659
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 6,621

In 1918, after four harrowing years on the Western Front, Tom Sherbourne returns to Australia to take a job as the lighthouse keeper on remote Janus Rock. To this isolated island, where the supply boat comes only four times a year and shore leaves are granted every other year at best, Tom brings a young, bold, and loving wife, Isabel. Three years later, after two miscarriages and one stillbirth, the grieving Isabel is tending the grave of her newly lost infant when she hears a baby’s cries on the wind. A boat has washed up on shore carrying a dead man and a living baby.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Wonderful story.....terrible narrator.

  • By Sandra on 08-14-12

Wonderfully written

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-14-17

Loved this story. Very tender and heart wrenching without a predictable ending. Rich characters and unique and vivid descriptions pulled me in.

I enjoyed Noah's narration with one exception that was rather difficult to get past - he read too fast for me. I found myself wondering what just happened and he was on to the next thought. I would have loved to hear it slower, allowing the story to breathe. Other than that, the characters were great, the voice smooth and nice to listen to, and he did a very nice job with this.

  • The Secret Garden

  • By: Frances Hodgson Burnett
  • Narrated by: Pearl Hewitt
  • Length: 8 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 69
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 65
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 65

When Mary Lennox was sent to Misselthwaite Manor to live with her uncle, everybody said she was the most disagreeable-looking child ever seen. But this lonely girl's life is transformed when she finds the key to the secret garden.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Outstanding Update to Beloved Classic!

  • By LilMissMolly on 07-13-17

Timeless story, wonderful narration

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-07-17

This classic piece is lovely; the writing delightful and the narration captivating.
Pearl Hewitt absolutely made this story shine. Her narration is spot on, and most especially the parts that require a Yorkshire dialect. Her seamless narration is truly a treat to be savored. Pearl easily transitions between characters, allowing listeners to completely lose themselves in the story.

I thoroughly enjoyed this version of Secret Garden. At first, I was unused to the use of music between chapters, but I found myself looking forward to it. It gave it a unique and timeless feel.

If you enjoy classics, this one will not disappoint!